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Big boost for Man City ahead of New Year fixtures as promising news emerges

Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side go 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League courtesy of a 1-0 success over Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s men were tipped by many to go on and win the title this season, and they are certainly living up to expectations by winning 19 of their opening 20 league games, with Everton the only side to take a point off the Citizens so far. And they made it 18 successive victories in the North East on Wednesday as a first half strike from Raheem Sterling was enough to secure a 1-0 success over Rafa Benitez’s struggling Newcastle, a result which moved Guardiola’s side 15 points clear of Manchester United following their draw with Burnley.

Consequently, there have been many buoyant City fans in the Tavern in recent times, and they may have received another big boost ahead of the New Year fixtures if recent comments from manager Guardiola in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference (via Ben Dinnery on Twitter) are anything to go by.

And that’s because the Spaniard has confirmed that Vincent Kompany’s injury, sustained on Wednesday against the Magpies, is not thought to be as bad as initially feared.

The Belgium international was forced off after just 11 minutes at St James’ Park with a calf problem, and given his bad injury record over the last few years, concerns were rife that the centre-back was set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

However, Guardiola has provided a potentially big boost to City supporters by playing down the severity of the injury, saying: ‘Not as bad as we thought, it’s not a big issue.

‘He will be ready for the next fixtures. We will know exactly tomorrow.’

And these comments are sure to be well received by our resident Citizens fans, especially given that centre-half is the one area of the squad that is somewhat lacking in sufficient depth at present.

Landlord’s verdict: Vincent Kompany has endured a frustrating few years on the injury front, with the Belgium international failing to exceed 30 Premier League appearances in any of his last five full campaigns.

So when the 31-year-old was forced off after 11 minutes against Newcastle on Wednesday, concerns were rife once again, yet manager Pep Guardiola has given City fans a big boost by confirming that the injury isn’t as bad as first feared.

Thus, Kompany looks set to be fit heading into the New Year, with Guardiola’s side facing a minimum of seven games in January, and possibly more depending on their FA Cup endeavours.

Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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